School News is compiled by student reporter Shruti Srinivasan
Our Lady of the Rosary College
The school recently held a cross-cultural programme called 'A Taste of Australia' with sister school Tak Nga Secondary School.
At a special morning assembly, the didgeridoo, an Australian musical instrument, was played.
Some students thought it sounded like a cow, but very dynamic and rhythmic.
This was followed by the Aussie bush dance competition in the school hall.
Each class sent dancers to participate in the 'Kangaroo Hop', the Australian farmers' traditional dance performed after the sheep shearing season.
Lunchtime had its own surprises with a Sausage Sizzle barbecue as well as kangaroo meat, weetbix, vegemite sandwiches and ginger beer.
The most exciting activity was the Ironwomen relays. In Australia, a competition is held each year to find the strongest woman.
Homantin Government Secondary School
The school held its 48th annual speech day on December 7.
The new principal, Ho Au Pui-kuen, paid tribute to Lee Ng Suk-han, the outgoing principal, teachers and students for the school's academic progress and achievements in extra-curricular activities.
She also congratulated students on their outstanding performance in mathematics and applied technology.
She then introduced the guest-of-honour, Siu Ping-kee, former dean of education of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1989-1993) and former director of the Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research (1994-1995).
Although retired, Professor Siu's dedication and passion for teaching was evident in his speech.
He stressed the importance of conceptual learning and understanding.
He praised the school's tradition of teaching in Cantonese as it sparked learning interest and efficiency. He also urged students to strive for self-improvement.
There were choral speaking and music performances by students, and the ceremony ended with the school song.
Shung Tak Catholic English College
The school held its annual speech day on November 24. The programme started with a prayer offered by Father Ferdinand, the school chaplain, followed by a welcome speech by Sister Michelle, the school supervisor.
Then the principal, Wong Bing-kwan, presented the school's annual report.
The guest-of-honour, Dr John Li Po-Shan, delivered the Keynote Address.
As a cardiology specialist, he shared his experiences of work and school life at Shung Tak College with the students to inspire them.
Form Five and Seven graduates then received their certificates.
Among the prize-winners were Howard Wong of 7A and Sharon Chow of 7S, who both got three As in the A-Levels, and Leo Chu of 5S who scored six As in HKCEE.
The highlight was the Vote of Thanks, which was inspirational and well-received. This was followed by performances by the school's Chinese Orchestra and Mixed Voice School Choir.
After singing the school song, the guests proceeded to the playground to watch the Marching Band and enjoyed refreshments.